Racing stables open their doors

Three-year-old Caitlin Howard from Middleham at last year's event.
Three-year-old Caitlin Howard from Middleham at last year's event.

RACEHORSE trainers in and around Middleham will be opening their doors to the public this Friday, April 6.

Visitors will get a chance to meet some of the horses and look behind the scenes at training establishments which will range from large yards such as Mark Johnston’s to those that currently boast just a handful of horses.

Professional jockeys including Silvestre de Sousa, Joe Fanning, Kelly Harrison, Henry Brooke and Kieron Fallon will be pairing up with members of the Bedale and West of Yore Pony Club for a race against the clock over jumps. There will also be a parade by the Bedale hunt horses and hounds and a question and answer session with leading trainers on Middleham’s Low Moor.

The 14 stables that will be open on the day are: Jedd O’Keeffe, Andy Crook, Jason Ward, Chris Fairhurst, Elaine Burke, Ben Haslam, James Bethell, Kate Walton, Mark Johnston, Simon West, George Moore, John Weymes, Ann Duffield and Micky Hammond.

Top National Hunt trainer Ferdy Murphy is also taking some of his horses from his yard at West Witton to join Ann Duffield and her husband George’s string at Constable Burton. Their stables will be open all day.

“Ferdy, George and myself, together with some of our jockeys, will be available all day to talk to visitors and potential owners, ” said Ann.

Among the equine celebrities at Middleham is one of the few coloured horses in training in the country. Angrove Rumbaba can be seen at Micky Hammond’s yard.

Tickets for the day are £7 and children accompanied by an adult go free.

For more information go to www.middlehamstables openday2012

Pictured right is 3-year-old Caitlin Howard from Middleham at last year’s event.